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Attitudinal change

Dec 30, 2010, 11:27 AM

There is no denying the fact that the need for people to change their attitudes is very important, if the country wants to attain her development aspirations.

Attainment of the MDGs, Vision 2020, PRSPs and Silicon Valley cannot and will not be achieved unless we as Gambains change our attitudes, and work with clean hands for the development of our motherland.

The development of this country requires the collective responsibility of all and sundry, irrespective of whether one is in the ruling party or opposition. No single person can take up the development of this country alone; he must do so in unity with all stakeholders, for the betterment of all Gambians.

The Majority leader at the National Assembly Hon. Fabakary Tombong Jatta last week warned employers in the country that the National Assembly will not sit back and see Gambian employees being treated as slaves, nor will it accept employees going against the dictates of their employers.

However, one wonders why people in authority, or in employment, should even wait for their employers to tell them what to do?

Definitely, something urgent must be done, and one thing fundamental that must be addressed is the issue of attitudinal change, whether it’s in the public or privaste sector.

Indeed, one should honourably resign, if one cannot live up to expectations, rather than wait for one’s employer to sack you.

A title goes with responsibility.

When a person is appointed either as a Minister, Permanent Secretary, Director or whatsoever, or to a position of leadership in the private sector, he or she must measure up to expectations, since they are paid from taxpayers’ money or that of the shareholders of the company.

We must also change our attitude to work. People must report to work on time, and close on time. And make sure they are productive at work!

This is the only way in which we can make progress, towards our development goals, both as individuals and as a nation.

"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference".

Winston Churchill